As a result of the quarantine, there has been an uptick in the number of pets being adopted or fostered in recent months. Having a pet around can assist with a variety of issues, including relieving stress and anxiety, providing company. We aim in this article to help you with bonding with your cat.
Those fortunate enough to have a new family member as a pet may be asking what the best way is to establish a connection with their new addition. If you’re the proud parent of a rescued puppy or kitten, this is of the utmost importance because they likely didn’t have it easy before they came to the shelter.
Making a warm and welcoming environment for your pet is easy if you follow a few simple steps.
Be patient and let your new and “old” pets get to know each other if you already have other pets at home. Depending on many conditions, this could occur during the initial few hours or it could take a bit longer, possibly even days.
Be consistent for the sake of both pets. Help your pet feel more secure by sticking to regular routines for playtime, walking, feeding, and reward time.
When introducing a cat to your home, it’s ideal to take it room by room so it can become acclimated to the layout, establish some separation from other pets, and enjoy the process.
If you want your new pet to bond with you, one of the most important things you can do is spend time with them.
Fun things to do together can help alleviate boredom and build trust, which is especially important if you have an energetic creature like a puppy or kitten.
Enjoying each other’s company has other advantages:
Allows your pet to pick up on your character traits
Allows you to get to know your pet’s character
Assists your pet in learning appropriate behavior and builds trust in your company
Assists in the growth of interpersonal abilities
Makes your pet feel less anxious and stressed
Your dog or cat will benefit greatly from regular exercise, so make sure to schedule time each day specifically for playdates and walks. Depending on your schedule, you might want to think about taking longer walks every day or fitting in a couple of 10-minute training or play sessions.
Bring Cozy Ambiance To Life
Your house should exude an air of security for your new baby. Establishing a little hideaway for your canine or feline friend should be a priority if you haven’t already. In a shared space like the bedroom or living room, this might be where you keep their bed, chews, and toys.
Give your pet plenty of space to explore (in designated areas, of course) before you bring them to you; this will satisfy their natural curiosity. Make sure kids always have a safe haven to go to whenever they feel scared or uneasy.
The first step is to establish a secure environment for your pet. New pets, in general, may require a little adjustment period, but this is especially true for animals whose past experiences have left them feeling timid or afraid.
You Must Have Patience
Every animal has its own distinct character; some are hyperactive and noisy, while others prefer to keep to themselves. Bonding with your cat will take time. Be open to learning about their individual traits as you gain more knowledge about them.
I bet you’re itching to start playing catch inside with your puppy or engross your kitty with some feather toys. However, what if they aren’t just as enthusiastic as you are?
Do not force them to play; instead, wait for them to approach you.
Learn to recognize when to take a step back
It may be helpful to consult a training expert if your pet is aggressive toward you or other household pets.
Aggression symptoms can range from barely perceptible to glaringly obvious. If you can identify these signs in your pet, you can ease their anxiety and get them back to a trusting mood in no time.
In Cats aggression can look something like:
An erect or jerking tail
Hissing or spitting
Occipital bones pressed flat or ears turned inward
Curled up position
When you see these symptoms, it’s best to give your pet a break from whatever it was doing or being around that caused it to react negatively. Give them space to cool down without interfering; if necessary, remove yourself from the room totally.
Allowing your pet to approach you at their own pace will help to reestablish the bonding process. While they are still warming up to you, it’s best to keep interactions brief and have snacks on hand.
In general, when bonding with your pet, pay close attention to their subtle habits. This will help you understand their personality, recognize danger indications, and establish a trustworthy relationship.